A top scientist has issued a warning over rising coronavirus infections in staycation hot-spots.

Holidaymakers must remain vigilant when enjoying staycations this summer amid the risk of a rise in coronavirus cases at popular tourist spots, a leading scientist has warned.

From today’s Western Morning News

A “sudden influx” of people holidaying in Cornwall over half-term is likely to be a factor in an increase in cases in the county, Professor Tim Spector said.

One local councillor described a recent rise in cases as a “tsunami” in the wake of the G7 summit held earlier this month, but the Government denied a link between the two.

Prof Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and lead scientist on the Zoe Covid study app, said data this week shows “rates in former hot-spots, such as Scotland and the north west of England, continuing to plateau”. He added: “At the same time, top UK holiday destinations like Cornwall are emerging as new areas with rapidly increasing cases. I think this is down to a number of factors, including the sudden influx of holidaymakers over half-term, as well as the recent G7 summit and a previously unexposed local population.

“We need to remain vigilant of these UK holiday destinations as summer holidays approach, and ensure that we minimise outbreaks by following Government guidelines.”

The latest local authority area figures show that Cornwall and Isles of Scilly had 857 new cases recorded in the seven days to June 19, up from 411 the previous week.

The long-running Zoe study estimates that among unvaccinated people in the UK there are currently 15,099 new daily symptomatic cases of Covid-19, up 18% on last week.